June 11, 2017

Show #370: Newcomb Arrives

Newcomb’s debut. Dansby rising. Medlen’s Future. Rotation shines. The Draft.



6 Responses to “Show #370: Newcomb Arrives”

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    Anonymous Says:

    Not sure that I was as ‘over the moon’ as you cats were watching Newcomb’s debut, but it sure as heck was encouraging. Especially since the player we got to replace Andrelton Simmons is an average defender, at best. So because of that & if I were pulling the strings, I would bring up Ozzie like yesterday & maybe try to swing a trade with the Texas Rangers to acquire Jurickson Profar. Trying him at short & Ozzie at second or visa versa.

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    Tyler Says:

    Trading for Profar would be an awful decision. He’s essentially Jace Peterson with less defensive versatility. He’s a AAAA player at best. No thanks. I’d expect third base to remain a hole until Demeritte or Riley are ready.

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    William A Says:

    Some of these so-called magical names like Profar or Buxton provide them extra cache but then when you look closer, you’re often looking at buying a name without the performance the price suggests it will be. I for one would like to see this ‘lost’ season give young guys an extended shot at what they’re capable of doing like Camargo or Ruiz but evidently the front office seems to hold onto the notion that a huge run in about to happen and get the Braves back in the post season race.

    Newcomb lived up to lofty expectations on his first outing which is encouraging. Take away his unforced error on the 2d base throwaway and we might be looking at one hell of a debut which even given that error was still above what I thought he’d do. Again, the front office HAS to resist unloading the farm for a veteran player, regardless of his stats or position.

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    Shaun Says:

    Profar is only a year older than Dansby Swanson. If Profar were an American-born player drafted out of a Division I school, on that type of developmental path, we’d have a different view of his projection. He wouldn’t be viewed as a AAAA player. Doesn’t mean he’ll be more than that but it’s still too early to give up on him. Obviously, the reasonableness of any trade would depend on the price. But, if the price is right, I would gladly take Profar.

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    Steve Says:

    And what happens to Swanson in this Profar scenario?!?!?!?! Yes, it would’ve been great if he was an All Star and ROY from Day 1 this season, but he is more than coming around. And the errors will dissipate. It’s clearly been an adjustment for him, but the difference between April and June is already extremely positive.

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    Shaun Says:

    Wow. I didn’t read the first comment closely enough, the part that suggested Profar replacing Swanson. Yeah, that’s silly. My comment was about acquiring Profar to play third, second, outfield, or just to have another asset. I’d be all for that. Not to replace Swanson, for the record.

    But, I suspect the Rangers would like to keep Profar around, since Andrus can opt out of his contract after 2018 or 2019.

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